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Virtualpenpals

  1. 1. Virtual Pen Pals Mt. Vernon ITSCO rachel@itsco.org
  2. 2. Pen Pals  Why pen pals?  Remember this?  Why virtual?
  3. 3. Virtual Pen Pal Links  http://www.zen.org/~brendan/kids-pen.html  http://www.epals.com/  http://www.teach-nology.com/forum/showthread.
  4. 4. Wikis for Collaboration  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiki  Flat Classroom Project http://flatclassroomproject.wikispaces.com/  Other Examples http://wiki.woodward.edu/hannalee/doku.php?id=hannalee%
  5. 5. More Wiki Resources  http://educators.pbwiki.com/PBwiki-educator-vid  http://www.commoncraft.com/video-wikis-plain-
  6. 6. Classroom Blog  Create a blog used by your class to communicate to other classes and schools across the town, state, country or world.  http://www.teachertube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=36  www.blogger.com/ Ex. http://mrcsclassblog.blogspot.com/ http://www.alyssa1123.blogspot.com/
  7. 7. Using Other Groups’ Blogs Search Blogs and Advertise Blogs http://technorati.com/
  8. 8. Interactive Video Conferencing  View opportunities for networking  Sign up for AT&T Knowledge Explorer listserv http://www.kn.att.com/wired/vidconf/
  9. 9. Google Earth  Find a geographical landmark, country, or border of interest
  10. 10. Geo Caching  http://www.geocaching.com/
  11. 11. Building a Curriculum  Decide on a location  Find five websites that feature the location you chose-Focus on the following  Architecture  Music  Food  Family and traditions  Geographical features and climate  Lifestyle and customs  Find 5 images from your location
  12. 12. Sharing  Decide on five images you will share from your school and that you would like the far site school to share with your class.
  13. 13. Other Ideas  Record music from your school’s music program  Share students’ stories from creative writing. Have students write about their lives or what they think their life might be like if they lived in the pen pals home place.  Share a copy of the student newspaper.
  14. 14.  Have students write reviews of plays, sporting events, or other school activities.  Students can experiment with blogging.
  15. 15. Share photos of Mascot  Students  Cafeteria-lunch  Library  Flag/Flag pole  Classroom  Classroom Pets  Textbooks  playground
  16. 16. Safety
  17. 17. Questions?

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